What defines whisk(e)y?

What defines whisk(e)y?

So what determines what whisk(e)y is anyway? Government laws and regulations do. They have changed over the years, but as whiskey becomes a larger contributor to government budgets (through taxes) the government tends to take a larger interest. It is no great surprise that the government would take such an interest. Before Prohibition in the United States, taxes on whiskey alone accounted for 1/2 of national revenue! (There is an argument to be made that Prohibition caused the Great Depression…) Keeping your “native spirit” under domestic control is important not only to maintain its integrity, but also to maintain its tax contributions. There are so many differences in laws relating to whiskey that the only real connection that whiskey has throughout the...

John Glaser of Compass Box

John Glaser of Compass Box

We all know what happens when you insert Scots-Irish folks into American whiskey production. Great American whiskey, of course. But what would happen if you insert an American into Scotch production? John Glaser, of course. John Glaser is a bit of a maverick in the whiskey world. He’s not bound to the tradition-based ways of doing things that scotch production has been. Maybe it’s his inner, rebellious American spirit. (Glaser is from Minnesota) After attending college at Miami of Ohio, he began pursuing a career in wine making. After stints with wineries in Burgundy and the Napa Valley, he ended up on the business side of the wine industry, which ultimately led him to Scotch and Johnnie Walker’s global marketing department. He moved to London and started...